New laws passed in Texas usually take effect on September 1, but sometimes go into effect on January 1. This year, there have been several high-profile measures that will take effect in Texas on January 1, 2016.
The bills that have received the most attention are the open carry and campus carry bills. Beginning on January 1, people in Texas with concealed handgun licenses will be allowed to carry their firearms openly, except in schools, hospitals, courthouses, and businesses and private properties that have a “handguns prohibited” sign. Another bill will allow those with concealed handgun licenses to carry their firearms on public colleges and universities in Texas, but that bill will not become law until August 1.
Some other bills that will become law are $3.8 billion in tax cuts and restrictions on a teen girl’s ability to get court approval for an abortion without parental consent. Ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are now required to meet certain insurance requirements when carrying passengers in Texas.
A new year will bring new legal challenges for some Texans. If you have a legal situation that you need assistance with, such as a medical malpractice claim or a personal injury claim, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on our YouTube channel to learn more.